KUCHING: The state government has given out RM2.5mil in interest-free loans to 233 students under the recently set up Higher Education Fund, state Assistant Minister in the Chief Ministers Department Datin Fatimah Abdullah said.
She said the fund gave loans to students pursuing engineering and quantity surveying courses at educational institutions in Sarawak.
The setting-up of the fund is part of governments efforts to produce 10,000 engineers in Sarawak in three years time, she told Mong Dagang (BN Bukit Begunan) during question time.
The fund, with contributions from both the government and private sector, aims to raise RM100mil worth of loans.
Fatimah, who oversees state education affairs, said recipients could choose from eight approved institutions to further their studies.
They include Curtin University of Technology in Miri, Swineburne University of Technology here, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) here and UiTM in Samarahan and Mukah.
On new schools in the state, Fatimah said 13 new secondary schools and two primary schools would be built in the under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.